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Honduras lifts overnight curfew

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Mr Zelaya's supporters have been demonstrating almost daily

The interim government in Honduras has lifted the overnight curfew that has been in place since the ousting of President Manuel Zelaya two weeks ago.

The government said it had "reached its objective" of quelling opposition protests, in a statement read out on television and radio.

Roberto Micheletti's interim government imposed the curfew on 28 June.

Talks in Costa Rica aimed at ending the political crisis in Honduras ended without agreement on Friday.

"The government was able not only to reduce crime in the whole country, but also to restore calm to the people of Honduras," the government was quoted as saying in its public broadcast on Sunday by Reuters news agency.

Mr Zelaya was ousted and forced out of Honduras at gunpoint on 28 June.

His attempt to fly back to Honduras failed the following weekend when the authorities blocked the runway at Tegucigalpa airport. At least one supporter of Mr Zelaya was killed in clashes.

The political crisis erupted after Mr Zelaya attempted to hold a non-binding public consultation to ask people whether they supported moves to change the constitution.

Opponents said that could have led to the removal of the current one-term limit on serving as president and so paved the way for Mr Zelaya's possible re-election.



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